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Headquarters: Crewe, England, UK

A British manufacturer of luxury cars based in Crewe, Cheshire, United Kingdom.  Founded January 18, 1919.

Vehicle names used by Bentley currently and throughout history include:  4¼ Litre, 4½ Litre, 4½ Litre Supercharged, Arnage, Azure, Brooklands, Continental, Continental GT, EXP 9 F, Flying Spur, Mulsanne, R-type Continental, S1, S2, S3, Speed Six, and Turbo R.

A late model Bentley appears on the cover of the 2013 book Michael Valentine: Diary of a Hitman by Reicko Antonio.

History

The following section is an excerpt from Wikipedia's Bentley page on 14 July 2016, text available via the Creative Commons Attribution-ShareAlike 3.0 Unported License.

Bentley Motors Limited is a British registered company that designs, develops, and manufactures Bentley luxury motorcars which are largely hand-built. It is a subsidiary of Volkswagen AG. Now based in Crewe, England, Bentley Motors Limited was founded by W. O. Bentley on 18 January 1919 in Cricklewood, North London.

Bentley cars are sold via franchised dealers worldwide, and as of November 2012, China was the largest market.

Most Bentley cars are assembled at the Crewe factory, but a small number of Continental Flying Spurs are assembled at the factory in Dresden, Germany. and bodies for the Continental are produced in Zwickau, Germany.

Bentley won the 24 Hours of Le Mans in 1924, 1927, 1928, 1929, 1930, and 2003.

Iconic Bentley models include the Bentley 4½ Litre, Bentley Speed Six, Bentley R Type Continental, Bentley Turbo R, and Bentley Arnage. As of 2015, Bentley produce the Continental Flying Spur, Continental GT, Bentley Bentayga and the Mulsanne.

Rolls-Royce bought Bentley from the receivers in 1931 and subsequently sold it to Vickers plc in 1980 when Rolls-Royce themselves went bankrupt. In 1998, Vickers sold it to Volkswagen AG. The sale included the vehicle designs, model nameplates, production and administrative facilities, the Spirit of Ecstasy and Rolls-Royce grille shape trademarks, but not the rights to the Rolls-Royce name or logo which are owned by Rolls-Royce Holdings plc and were licensed to BMW AG.


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Classic Bentley Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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Classic Bentley Photo ©2011 Bill Crittenden
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Documents

DateDocument Name & DetailsDocuments
28 December 1966NHTSA Recall 66V035001 Bentley, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
VEHICLE SPEED CONTROL
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page
28 December 1966NHTSA Recall 66V035002 Bentley, Rolls Royce Silver Shadow
SERVICE BRAKES, HYDRAULIC:FOUNDATION COMPONENTS:DISC:CALIPER
National Highway Traffic Safety Administration
Recall Page - 1 page


Article Index

DateArticleAuthor/Source
20 June 2002TEAM BENTLEY COMES FOURTH AT LE MANSATeam Bentley
20 September 2011Bentley Motors Inc., Grant of Petition for Decision of Inconsequential NoncomplianceFederal Register: NHTSA (Claude H. Harris)
19 March 2013A Bentley not built in Britain is not a Bentley Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
20 August 2013Bentley Le Mans editions - celebrating the Bentley Boys Matt Hubbard, Speedmonkey
17 September 2013Bentley SUV For 2016 Geoff Maxted, DriveWrite Automotive
12 May 2016Bentleys, Bourbon & Bow Ties Announced for Father’s Day at Hilton Oak Brook Hills ResortGrimaldi Public Relations
13 May 2016Bentley Motors Inc. Appoints M&C Saatchi PR as Communication Agency of RecordBentley Motors, Inc.




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